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Hot music week includes Queen musical

Posted on January 15, 2020 by Lethbridge Sun Times

Kyle Gruninger returns home to star in ‘We Will Rock You’
Things start to cook again this week with a cornucopia of live music offerings to choose from this week.
Jazz jams return to the Slice, Jan. 15 as HBO3 is back to host the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, beginning at 8:45 p.m. The same night, Daniel Romano brings his punk project Ancient Shapes to the Slice with Red Deer based ’70s-style rock band King Bull and local punk band Face Cut.
It is only one of several punk shows happening this week.
On Jan. 17, Calgary hard-core punk band Citizen Rage play the Slice with Celtic-inspired power metal band Syryn plus local bands Invicta Heights and Eons of Earth. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m.
Club Lime kicks off the new year with local Def Leppard tribute band Stage Fright the Def Leppard Experience Jan 17. Tickets are $30.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge is also going rock on the weekend, Jan. 17, with a debut show by Calgary pop rock band Shuffalo and North Cold. Admission is by donation.
The other big punk show is at Theoretically Brewing which hosts Vancouver punk/alternative rock band Blessed and Calgary’s Body Lens plus J Blissette, Tuesday, Jan. 21 beginning at 8 p.m.
Casino Lethbridge welcomes back Zojo Black to rock the joint blues style on the weekend.
There are plenty of open mics as well. Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday. As always, Devin Gergel hosts Beaches’ open mic on Wednesdays. Gergel is also part of local experimental rock band Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra. If you missed them on Jan. 10 like I did, catch them at the Slice Jan. 18.
Andy MacNamara hosts Honker’s Pub’s open mic, Jan. 17. And the Mark Hall band hosts Honker’s afternoon open mic, Jan. 18.
On the other hand, if you want to dance, The Onion has a big DJ night Saturday, Jan. 18 with Strange Manner, Sayze DnB, DJ Yontzie and local DJS DJ Pez and Witness Me. Admission is $5 before 10 p.m. and $10 after 10 p.m. when the show starts.
Also on Saturday, the Lethbridge Folk Club welcomes Edmonton’s Celtara the Lethbridge College Cave, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
But the big new is local actor/singer Kyle Gruninger makes his debut on the Enmax Centre stage as the villain Khashoggi in “We Will Rock You: The Queen Musical” on Jan. 19. It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a world without music which has been banned by the Killer Queen and her right-hand man, Khashoggi.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $84.50-$105.50.
Gabwe Thaine has a busy couple of Tuesdays. He takes over hosting Keith Woodrow’s Slice of Blues jam, which he hosted Tuesday, Jan. 14, and returns to host his High Level Variety show on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Next week Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns plays Casino Lethbridge Jan. 24 and 25 and sticks around to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 30.
One Bad Son returns to Average Joe’s Jan. 30. It has been rescheduled from December.

Touring the United States and Canada with “We Will Rock You: The Queen Musical” has been “A Kind of Magic” for Lethbridge born musician/actor Kyle Gruninger, who plays the villain Khashoggi.
“We Will Rock You: The Queen Musical” is at the Enmax Centre, Sunday, Jan. 19.
Gruninger is excited about the show.
“Most of the shows have been sold out. It’s been great. You have little kids who are about 10 years, excited, wearing Queen shirts and raising their hands; they’re next to their parents who are doing the same thing,” Gruninger enthused.
“A lot of people really have no idea what to expect. People will ask me ‘who’s playing Freddie Mercury?’” he said, adding that is tough to answer as it isn’t a Queen tribute show.
“It’s a spectacle with non-stop action and great costumes and choreography. It takes place in a dystopian world, where there is no music. Everything is digital. Everything is owned by Globalsoft Corporation. It’s strange and exciting how true it has become because it was originally written in 2003 and there was no iPhone,” he said, adding his character Kashoggi and his boss the Killer Queen fight the Bohemians.
“We Will Rock You tells the story of a globalized future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians, fight against the all-powerful Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen; they fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of the age of rock. Scaramouche and Galileo, two young outsiders, cannot come to terms with the bleak conformist reality. They join the Bohemians and embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and rock,” according to the We Will Rock you website.
Gruninger completed the three-song EP he was working on when he was cast.
“It will be for sale at the show. There’s about 33 shows left. When it’s done I’ll record another three songs,” he said.
“Though I’d like to keep doing this show because it’s a different show every night. It’s live theatre in a different venue and with a different audience.”
He is enjoying playing the dialogue-heavy character of Khashoggi. But he also gets to sing a couple of songs including “Seven Seas Of Rhye.”
“I love singing my duet of ‘It’s a Kind of Magic,’ with the Killer Queen. And I love getting to sing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with everyone at the end of the show,” he continued.
“There is a lot of dialogue. I haven”t done anything like it for years. I’m used to doing more slapstick comedy. But the character of Khashoggi does lend itself to some of that. But it’s not like doing silly walks with Jeff Carlson,” he chuckled, remembering some of his early days working with Lethbridge’s New West Theatre.
He is excited to perform at the Enmax Centre.
“It has always been my dream to play the local stadium. So I’m excited to do it this way and perform for all of the people I’ve learned from,” he said

Jan. 15
Owl Acoustic Lounge — jazz jam with HBO3 8:45 p.m.
Beaches — open mic
Slice — Ancient Shapes featuring Daniel Romano with King Bull and Facecut
Jan. 16
Slice — open mic with Tyler Bird
Jan. 17
The Slice — Citizen Rage, Syryn, Eons of Earth, Invicta Heights
Casino Lethbridge — Zojo Black
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Shuffalo/North Cold
Honker’s Pub — open mic with Andy macNamara
Jan. 18
Casino Lethbridge — Zojo Black
Honker‘s Pub — open mic with Mark Hall
Lethbridge College Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club Celtara $10 students $30 or $25 for members
Slice — Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra
Onion — Strange manner, Swayze BnB, DJ Yontzie, DJ Pez, Witness me $5 before 10 p.m, $10 after 10 p.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 21st Avenue and guests
Good Times — Brian Stollery
Jan. 19
Enmax Centre — We Will Rock You Queen musical
Old Firehall
Jan. 20
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Jan. 21
Theroretically Brewing — Blessed with Body Lens and J Blissette $10 8 p.m.
Slice — High Level Variety show with Gabe Thaine
Good Times — Comedy Open mic
Jan. 22
Beaches — open mic
Jan. 23
Slice — open mic with Taylor Ackerman
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Poetry open mic with Teri petz
Jan. 24
Sandman Signature — Abbondanza 6 p.m. $150/each (includes $60 tax reciept).
Casino Lethbridge — Sean Burns
Slice — 21st Avenue
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Dark Wrangler
Honker’s Pub — open mic with Vic Brown
Jan. 25
Average Joe’s — Hyperia, Balrogath, Gepetto 9 p.m. $10
Slice — Petunia and Nathan m Godfrey
Casino Lethbridge — Sean Burns
Good Times — Lori Ferguson
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Junkman’s Quire Robbie Burns night
Casa — Princess singalong
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic with Paul Kype
Jan. 26
Old Firehall Bavuru Brunch
Jan. 27
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Onion — open mic
Jan. 28
Good Times — comedy open mic
Jan. 29
Empress (Fort macleod) — Whitehorse
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — standup comedy open mic
Jan. 30
Average Joe’s — One Bad Son rescheduled
Slice — open mic with Makiisma
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Sean Burns

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